Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Great State of Texas

Texas is a crazy state. While every state is slowly, but surely, outlawing capital punishment, Texas is basically creating an express line. Along with this, their judicial system apparently is not very sympathetic to the mentally impaired.

18-year old Aaron Hart, a severely mentally challenged man from Paris, Texas, man was sentenced in February to 100 years in prison for a single act of what might amount to the childhood sex game of "doctor" with a 6-year-old neighbor. The man has an IQ of 47, and no coercion or violence was involved, but the jury was not given the option to send the man to a care facility in lieu of prison. In fact, his original lawyer failed even to argue his client's incompetency as a defense because, he said, he thought the man obviously would get probation. In a final touch, Lamar County judge Eric Clifford, able to punish the man on just one count with four other counts running concurrently, instead chose to stack the five counts to total 100 years, and in April, after listening to a parade of witnesses beg him to reconsider the sentence, he refused.

Only in Texas

Read more about it HERE

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